Why have we changed PLD?

We've changed Professional Learning and Development – what it is focuses on, who delivers it, and how schools, kura and Kāhui Ako access it.

This was done to ensure:

  • Centrally-funded PLD is more effective;
  • That more of a difference is made to student outcomes in priority areas;
  • More support is available for school leadership to lead and sustain improvement; and
  • Strengthened professional networks as a complementary source of support for teachers and leaders.


In 2013 the Government set up a sector-led Advisory group to provide advice on the future design of PLD. The Advisory Group identified what was working well, and a number of weaknesses and concerns about the PLD system. It recommended a new approach. 

The Government considered the Advisory Group’s report, and what works well in other systems, and decided to overhaul the system. In September 2015 the Minister of Education, the Hon Hekia Parata, announced changes to the professional learning and development system. The focus of the change was on increasing the effectiveness of PLD for leaders and teachers that would help improve outcomes for students, and supporting leaders to undertake robust inquiry and develop improvement plans that would bring about system change.

The new PLD system reflects the advice from the PLD Advisory Group, and input from sector representatives on PLD working and reference groups.

From the beginning of 2017 to June 2018 the redesigned PLD Service has already overseen the accreditation of 700 PLD facilitators who are engaged in over 2000 PLD programmes in schools, kura and Kāhui Ako. This accounts for over 300,000 hours of professional development for teachers up to December 2020.

More information

More information on the changes for schools, Kura and CoL is available here.

More information on the changes for providers and facilitators is available here.